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Theodk
896998.  Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:35 am Reply with quote

Many people will probably have heard of this, but just in case. Going over the Niagra Falls were for many years a bit of a sport. One of the most popular ways of doing this was in a barrel, and Annie Edson Taylor is perhaps the most famous person to have done so in 1901. She survived and later said that "No one ought ever do that again."

Charles Stevens didn't listen to that advice and in 1920 he was ready to make a try. To make sure that he would fall with his feet first he had placed an anvil inside the barrel and tied his feet to it... he had also tied his arms to the barrel with straps: "On impact with the water at the foot of the falls, the anvil tore through the barrel, pulling Stevens with it and severing his right arm. All that was recovered from the barrel was his arm."

Do you guys have other "interesting" ways in which people have died?

 
Oceans Edge
897001.  Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:49 am Reply with quote

A Russian believed his brain had psychic powers to stop vehicles 'dead' in their tracks. The woman (telling the tale) laughed when she said, 'dead.' This man was not a garden lunatic, he was a famous mentalist by the name of E. Frenkel. Evidently he had started small--a bicycle here, an automobile there, the occasional streetcar. Methodically he went about determining the largest mass his brain could stop by sheer force of will.

The Russian psychic came to believe that he needed to put himself in mortal peril to find the upper limit. "In extraordinary conditions of a direct threat to my organism, all reserves will be called into action," and even the mass of a train could be deflected. With confidence, he tossed his briefcase aside and stepped onto the tracks, with arms raised, head lowered, and body tensed, he waited. The engineer was quick to apply the emergency brakes, but momentum took its unswerving course. As a child would know, a train is more than a match for a brain, and that fatal experiment was the end of the distinguished career of E. Frenkel.

This and hundreds more like it, courtesy of The Darwin Awards

 
dr bartolo
897016.  Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:00 am Reply with quote

I have recived intelliegence via the wiki article on unusual deaths, of the first matyr to hygene.....

Quote:

2004: An unidentified Taiwanese woman died of alcohol intoxication after immersion for twelve hours in a bathtub filled with 40% ethanol. Her blood alcohol content was 1.35%. It was believed that she had immersed herself as a response to the SARS epidemic.

 
djgordy
897031.  Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:52 am Reply with quote

<cough>Darwin awards<cough>

 
bobwilson
897508.  Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:54 pm Reply with quote

Does this count (copied and pasted from Wikipedia)

Quote:
Three men who appeared in Marlboro advertisements - Wayne McLaren, David McLean and Dick Hammer - died of lung cancer, thus earning Marlboro cigarettes, specifically Marlboro Reds, the nickname "Cowboy killers". McLaren testified in favor of anti-smoking legislation at the age of 51.

During the time of McLaren's anti-smoking activism, Philip Morris denied that McLaren ever appeared in a Marlboro ad, a position it later amended to maintaining that while he did appear in ads, he was not the Marlboro Man, considering Winfield as the holder of that title. McLaren died before his 52nd birthday in 1992.

 
swot
897546.  Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:28 am Reply with quote

Jean-Baptiste Lully conducted himself to death:

wikipedia wrote:
On 8 January 1687, Lully was conducting a Te Deum in honor of Louis XIV's recent recovery from illness. He was beating time by banging a long staff (a precursor to the bâton) against the floor, as was the common practice at the time, when he struck his toe, creating an abscess. The wound turned gangrenous, but Lully refused to have his toe amputated and the gangrene spread, resulting in his death on 22 March. He left his last opera, Achille et Polyxène, unfinished. All three of his sons -- Louis Lully, Jean-Baptiste Lully fils and Jean-Louis Lully -- also had musical careers at the French court.

 
Spud McLaren
897651.  Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:52 am Reply with quote

bobwilson wrote:
Quote:
Three men who appeared in Marlboro advertisements - Wayne McLaren...
No relation.

 
Sadurian Mike
897663.  Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:30 pm Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
bobwilson wrote:
Quote:
Three men who appeared in Marlboro advertisements - Wayne McLaren...
No relation.

So you're not so much the Marlborough Man as the Mildenhall Man.

 
'yorz
897666.  Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:50 pm Reply with quote

no1 school swot wrote:
Jean-Baptiste Lully conducted himself to death:

wikipedia wrote:
On 8 January 1687, Lully was conducting a Te Deum in honor of Louis XIV's recent recovery from illness. He was beating time by banging a long staff (a precursor to the bâton) against the floor, as was the common practice at the time, when he struck his toe, creating an abscess. The wound turned gangrenous, but Lully refused to have his toe amputated and the gangrene spread, resulting in his death on 22 March. He left his last opera, Achille et Polyxène, unfinished. All three of his sons -- Louis Lully, Jean-Baptiste Lully fils and Jean-Louis Lully -- also had musical careers at the French court.


So his Achilles' Heel was actually his toe. C'est marrant, ça.

 
Strawberry
897668.  Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:59 pm Reply with quote

Thomas Midgeley, who kept accidentally damaging the environment and was then killed as a result of one of his inventions, as mentioned in Series 4, Episode 10.

 
swot
897677.  Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:34 pm Reply with quote

He also got lead poisoning fairly frequently, although he always denied it.

 
edstephenson
898269.  Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:07 am Reply with quote

I found a number of such incidents for my (never-to-be-finished) book. Some are dead easy, but maybe not all:


Q. Which writer was supposedly killed by a tortoise?

Q. Which performing artist was accidentally strangled with a scarf?

Q. Which king died from eating too many lampreys?

Q. Which politician supposedly died from eating cherries and milk on a hot day?

Q. Which composer died as the result of an injury during a performance?

(already answered: Lully)

Q. Which performer died as the result of being punched in the abdomen?

Q. Which writer died (or, at least, became fatally ill) at a train station?
(answered IIRC in another thread)

 
'yorz
898274.  Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:25 am Reply with quote

[quote="edstephenson"]

Q. Which performing artist was accidentally strangled with a scarf?

Without googling: Isadora Duncan

Q. Which performer died as the result of being punched in the abdomen?

Without googling: Harry Houdini

 
AlmondFacialBar
898280.  Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:40 am Reply with quote

edstephenson wrote:
I found a number of such incidents for my (never-to-be-finished) book. Some are dead easy, but maybe not all:


Q. Which writer was supposedly killed by a tortoise?
Alkabiades

Q. Which performing artist was accidentally strangled with a scarf?
Isadora Duncan

Q. Which king died from eating too many lampreys?
Henry... Erm... A Henry at any rate

Q. Which politician supposedly died from eating cherries and milk on a hot day?
No idea...

Q. Which composer died as the result of an injury during a performance?

(already answered: Lully)

Q. Which performer died as the result of being punched in the abdomen?
Harry Houdini

Q. Which writer died (or, at least, became fatally ill) at a train station?
Tolstoy, wasn't it?
(answered IIRC in another thread)


Sans Google...

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
PDR
898289.  Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:59 am Reply with quote

There are far more interesting ways to die in the curiously compelling books in the "Bunny Suicides" series. These really *should* be extremely tasteless and offensive, but they are actually hilarious (according to my daughters)...

PDR

 

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